John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton
1834 – 1902
Lord Acton (1834-1902) was one of the great historians of the Victorian period and one of the greatest classical liberal historians of all time. His theme was “the history of liberty” and even though he was never able to complete his magnum opus of that name he did write numerous essays, book reviews, and lectures. He also was the inspiration behind the multi-volume Cambridge Modern History.
Acton featured as the January 2023 OLL Birthday. Read it here